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  • France to take part in China's Belt and Road Initiative

    BEIJING -- French President Emmanuel Macron promised to work together with China on the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's massive undertaking to create an economic and trade corridor linking Asia and Europe, in a meeting here Tuesday with Chinese

    January 10, 2018 07:43 am JST
  • France's Areva signs China nuclear facility pact, still awaits contract

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- France's Areva signed a protocol agreement on Tuesday to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in China worth 10 billion euros ($12 billion), but has yet to secure a firm contract for a deal seen as vital to reviving the Fr

    January 10, 2018 03:55 am JST
  • Japan Market Pulse

    Reinvigorated Europe making a mark on Japan stocks

    TOKYO -- The Japanese equities market's strong showing in the new year owes partly to companies with ties to Europe, a region often overshadowed by the U.S. and China but now coming to the fore as it breaks out of its post-crisis doldrums.DMG Mori r

    January 10, 2018 03:24 am JST
  • Japan's NEC buying midtier British IT services firm for $640m

    TOKYO -- Japanese electronics company NEC will purchase a midsize U.K. information technology company in an effort to strengthen sales of specialty facial recognition technology in a country increasingly on guard against terror.NEC said Tuesday it w

    January 10, 2018 02:30 am JST
  • Boeing losing bearings after stumble in trade row

    NEW YORK -- Boeing's effort to protect its home turf from encroachment by Canada's Bombardier by appealing to a protectionist U.S. government has backfired badly, leaving one of the world's top aircraft makers with an empowered rival and an unclear

    January 10, 2018 01:01 am JST
  • Chinese retailer JD.com commits to sell 2bn euros in French imports

    PARIS (Reuters) -- JD.com, China's largest retailer, announced on Tuesday plans to sell 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) of French goods to Chinese consumers over the next two years, and to purchase another 100 million euros in French-made products.JD

    January 9, 2018 04:24 pm JST
  • The quest for the see-through body

    TOKYO -- If you could make biological tissues transparent, it would open up a new world of scientific and medical advances. You could spot cancerous tumors at a glance, for example, and detect diseases at the earliest stage, at the cellular level.Te

    January 9, 2018 01:30 pm JST
  • Saint Laurent ventures online in China as luxury portals take off

    PARIS (Reuters) -- French fashion label Saint Laurent, part of Kering, will start selling online in China through a JD.com portal, joining shopping players like Alibaba in trying to tap strong luxury goods demand from Chinese consumers.The French br

    January 9, 2018 02:50 am JST
  • Office sharing spreads in Southeast Asia on back of startups' rise

    BANGKOK -- A few footsteps away from the Phra Khanong Skytrain station here is Summer Hill, a three-floor community mall which recently opened its doors to customers. Among food and beverage retailers such as Starbucks, Swensen's and grocer Home Fre

    January 7, 2018 10:12 am JST
  • Ian Bremmer

    China fills the vacuum

    Last October, China's President Xi Jinping delivered the most consequential speech since Mikhail Gorbachev stepped before cameras to formally dissolve the Soviet Union. Addressing the Communist Party's 19th Party Congress, Xi made clear that China i

    January 6, 2018 11:45 am JST
  • Hyundai teaming up with autonomous driving venture Aurora

    SEOUL/FRANKFURT -- Hyundai Motor aims to accelerate development efforts on highly automated vehicles under a new partnership with Silicon Valley startup Aurora.Custom-developed Hyundais will be test-driven in "smart cities" equipped with advanced in

    January 6, 2018 04:13 am JST
  • South Korea's Amorepacific bets on luxury cosmetics for Europe push

    PARIS (Reuters) -- South Korean cosmetics company Amorepacific aims to expand in Europe by launching one of its luxury brands in Britain this year and in Germany in 2019, after introducing its products in France in 2017, a senior executive said.Amor

    January 6, 2018 04:04 am JST
  • Takeda Pharma buying Belgian startup TiGenix for $626m

    TOKYO -- Takeda Pharmaceutical plans to acquire Belgian biopharmaceutical venture TiGenix with an aim of strengthening treatments for digestive system disorders, an area of focus.The Japanese drugmaker will spend about 520 million euros ($626 millio

    January 6, 2018 02:30 am JST
  • US places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom," it said on Thursday, days after the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism to r

    January 5, 2018 02:41 am JST
  • Glencore on offensive as zinc prices recover, China cuts production

    TOKYO -- Swiss mining giant Glencore's decision to drastically cut zinc production during a commodity price slump in 2015 is paying off and sending ripples through the market.The benchmark zinc futures on the London Metal Exchange hit a 10-year high

    January 4, 2018 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia seen leading global wage growth in 2018

    TOKYO -- Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018, thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the Western advanced economies will see wage

    January 4, 2018 09:50 am JST
  • India's decaying 'Little Europe' gets a facelift

    KOLKATA -- Kolkata, or as the city was formerly known, Calcutta, was founded by the British on the humid banks of the Hooghly River in Bengal in 1690. Two centuries later, the city had grown into the most important trading center east of the Suez an

    January 4, 2018 09:25 am JST
  • Fitch downgrades Wanda Commercial on offshore funding concerns

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Fitch Ratings on Wednesday downgraded Dalian Wanda Commercial Property Co. Ltd by two notches, citing the company's inability to access offshore funding channels to boost its liquidity in a timely manner.The rating agency is d

    January 3, 2018 09:52 pm JST
  • Marks & Spencer refocuses with sale of Hong Kong, Macau shops

    HONG KONG -- U.K. department store operator Marks & Spencer has sold its Hong Kong and Macau retail business to long-time franchise partner Al-Futtaim in a group overhaul that analysts say will allow the British retailer to focus on its home market

    January 2, 2018 11:09 pm JST
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Authoritarianism is accelerating in Southeast Asia

    The year 2018 will mark the start of a period in which outright authoritarianism and illiberal quasi-democracy are likely to be Southeast Asia's prevailing norms. With few exceptions, liberal values and fundamental freedoms and rights will be manipu

    January 1, 2018 07:00 am JST